DeKalb County was created by the Alabama legislature on January 9, 1836, from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation, and was named for Major General Baron Johann de Kalb, a Revolutionary War hero.
The county covers approximately 784 square miles, with Sand Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Wills Valley and Sand Valley being some of the geological areas within its boundaries. The county seat is located in Fort Payne. In the 2000 census, DeKalb County was shown to have some 64,452 residents.
DeKalb County is governed by a county commission. For more information, see www.dekalbcountyal.us.